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Subject: Re: [boost] [Booster] Or boost is useless for library developers
From: Isidor Zeuner (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-05-15 13:40:48

> You can still provide binaries for certain distributions. For instance,
> Ubuntu-8.04 comes with boost-1.34 and That won't change.

I think this is the best direction for solving the ABI compatibility
issue. Why should a library vendor bother? The library vendor would
sacrifice code quality if he strives for binary compatibility. A
distributor, however, can decide to make binary compatibility
priority, and keep the same boost version for a long time.

So, if I need long-lasting binary compatibility, I can buy RHEL and be
sure everything remains stable. But the developers of all the bundled
software don't need to bother.

Best regards,


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